Preview trade show is the place to discover next year's games. This time, we're promised to see a richer show than usual, with more exhibitors, more stands, more games, and so more business opportunities. Preview 2007 will take place at London West Novotel on wednesday 11th and thursday 12th october 2006. You can already register for an invitation to this unavoidable event. Amongst exhibitors are Namco and Sega who'll present their latest products. Rumors are talking about Soul Calibur III for the first one and Virtua Fighter 5 and After Burner Climax for the second... Wait & see!
Namusco's open days report is online in the articles section. Don't miss this opportunity to drop an eye on this open window on the latest tendancies. All games evoked in this report will be reviewed very soon. Meanwhile, don't hesitate to come talk about the news in our forum, you'll find latest arcade titles' screenshots and flyers there
Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection kit is out in Europe! This new version of Namco's famous fighting game brings four new characters (including Lili, a young singer living in Monaco and Dragunov, a russian soldier). It also features 4 new stages (for a new total of 35!), reworked scenaries, new costumes and new blows. Here's a good way to successfully recycle cabinets still hosting less popular games.
Belgian distributor Namusco will soon welcome all professionals for its annual open days. Those will take place on thursday 16th and friday 17th of february in their buildings in Brussels. The newest video games, pinballs, juke-boxes and other coin-operated machines will be showcased. It will be the occasion to discover them for those who couldn't go to London. But it will also and especially be the opportuneness to spot the future hits of year 2006 in a felted and cordial atmosphere.
From 24th to 26th of january, the ATEI, the biggest european amusement show, was held as each year at Earls Court. It was the opportunity for us to travel to London in order to make you discover the latest products in arcade games and coin-ops in general. You'll find our picture report in the articles section.
Here's a game that will please rookie hunters, Namco will distribute the Big Buck Hunter Pro hunting game in Europe. The game will be showcased on their booth at the ATEI. Developed by Play Mechanix, this new version offers for the first time in the series the ability to compete with another human hunter thanks to the 2 guns featured on the cabinet. You'll can track over 30 different animals such as deers, elks, antelopes and mooses in 25 different places accross North America. The cabinet made by Raw Thrills features a high definition flat screen. With its awesome graphics, Big Buck Hunter Pro should become the new benchmark for hunting games. Play Mechanix and Raw Thrills aren't unknown to each other since their respective bosses both worked for Midway. Click here to see the game's cabinet.
We wish all our visitors a good and happy new year! If 2005 brought us some very good games such as OutRun2 SP, Tekken 5 or The Fast and the Furious, 2006 promises to be a great vintage featuring eagerly awaited titles like Mario Kart Arcade GP, The House of the Dead 4, Virtua Tennis 3, Time Crisis 4 and After Burner Climax. This year will also be synonymous of technological evolution with the arrival of the first 16/9 high resolution digital projector screen featured cabinets. But these good news don't hide the fact that the arcade business isn't healthy outside Japan. Paradoxically, more and more people are playing video games. Among these games, arcade games are by far the most fun ones. For example, no console game gives you the same pleasure as a 4 players OutRun2 SP race with your friends! So if you don't want to lose the opportunity to live these great moments, support the cause! Go out and play!!! We especially want to thank all the location list contributors. The 2005 contest's winners are Macklane (1st with 53pt), MadDoctor (2nd with 39pt) and t3k1lla (3rd with 23pt). Their prizes will be revealed in the forthcoming days. The counter is reset and from now on, new contributions will count for the 2006 contest. There will be some surprises in 2006 so stay tuned!
The twin version of Mario Kart Arcade GP is available in Europe. Two machines can be linked to allow 4 players crazy racing. The game has already been spotted at various locations in the UK and France but we'll have to wait for spring to see it in Belgium. Indeed, since the belgian arcade market is having a hard time, healthier countries are privileged. Click here to see the flyer.
January is coming, so does the ATEI (that will take place from january 24th to 26th in London). Sega is already preparing for the show. The blue hedgehog company's on the way to grab people's attentions with its brand new Lindbergh system that will run Sega's next hits. The first two titles seeing the light of the day on this platform will be showcased at the show: these are The House of the Dead 4 and Virtua Tennis 3. We already told you about The House of the Dead 4 but we know more about it now. As said before, the deluxe cabinet will use a high definition 16/9 62" digital projection screen, these new screens' big advantage is that they don't burn anymore. No more old pictures' marks as too often seen on current 50" projection screens. The story is taking place 3 years since HotD 2's events. You plays James Taylor again or his new partner Kate Green and have to rid the city of Goldman's hordes of undeads who invaded it. Wait a minute, didn't Goldman commited suicide? This promises a good plot like the one of the previous episode! Your weapon changes once again since it's a UZI you'll use this time. You won't have to fire outside the screen to reload, you'll just have to tilt it down then up. Attention, zombies can grab you now and you'll have to shake your UZI horizontally to make them release you. This sounds great! Let's talk about sport now with Virtua Tennis 3. Virtua Tennis 2 is often regarded as the best tennis game of all time so we welcome this new opus with open arms. It features 12 of the best international players like Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt. No women this time (too bad, we would have liked to play with Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin for sure) but still the same gameplay. Virtua Tennis 3 will feature the memory card system already used for Ghost Squad, this will lenghten the life of a game that will already be a success! Useless to say that these titles are splendid graphically speaking and that they exceed all that was made until now. To keep on with sport, football's fans aren't forgotten since 2 titles will be shown: WCCF European Clubs 2004 - 2005 about which we told you again one month ago and an update to Virtua Striker 4 named "Virtua Striker 4 - 2006 World Cup edition". Children won't be fogotten either with collectable card games "Dinosaurking" and "Love & Berry" which takes the same concept but adapted to girls' tastes. But there's more, Sega will unveil as a world first a project developed in Europe that's top secret at this time! What ever can it be? However, the competition will have much to do to counter all of this!
Sega put in operation for some weeks a World Club Champion Football European Clubs 2004-2005 machine at Brighton Marina's Bowlplex (south-east of England). It's a kind of preview since this game's european release is planned for next month. Numerous distributors and operators came from whole Europe to see players' reaction: success is there and the game shown a high impact as soon as the first weekend of operation! Tim Williams, general manager at Bowlplex said he was surprised by the game's success, not only because players spend more money than usual but especially because WCCF attracts customers who are normally not seen in the complex's video games area. For those who don't know it, WCCF is a football management game (running on Naomi 2) allowing 8 players simultaneous play. Each player uses a dedicated board where he places his player cards (made by Panini and available as a starter kit). He can moves these cards during the match, thus directly affecting the players' position on screen. When game ends, the player receives a new card. Talking about this, a player named Liz Morant got a neat surprise; on friday october 7th, while he was loosing at a tournament, he unwrapped the card received on game's end and discovered Andriy Shevchenko. A.C. Milan's champion is one of the only two ultra rare gold cards! The other one is Ronaldinho. These are so scarces that's the first time one of them surfaces since june (when this version was released in Japan). The 256 cards collection is composed as follow: 124 regular cards, 100 specials, 30 rares and 2 ultra rares. Hopefully many belgian bowlings will add this great game to their video games section!
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